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    Hang Cho

    Kayla !

    Welcome to the ARE World. 😊

    I am little behind from ARE 4.0 transition.

    Check these two website which you can get all you need for the exam.

    1. Young Architect (https://youngarchitect.com/)

    2. Hyperfine (https://hyperfinearchitecture.com/ppd-pdd-practice-test-review/)

    Good luck !!!

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    Kayla Harmon

    Hang Cho,

    Thank you very much, I appreciate the feedback!

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    Kristin Perry

    Hi Kayla,

    From someone who has endured multiple retakes along the way and is hopefully one exam away from licensure, I highly recommend the Amber Book video series. It is by FAR the most comprehensive, well-explained tool I've found yet. It's expensive, $190/month after the group discount (find partners to get the large group discount in the ARE community posts), but even if you don't start out with it, keep it in the back of your mind as a go-to if you find you're struggling. 

    I've also found the Black Spectacles videos helpful, but they were not the best (in my experience) for PPD and PDD. Again, these are expensive video lectures.

    I loved the Hyperfine collection! It's affordable and was worth every penny.

    Apart from those, the recommended books (if you have them or can easily borrow them) are also helpful. These two exams are so vague and yet ridiculously specific that having someone like Michael w/ Amber Book consolidate all of the material for you is super helpful and seems to be what works for me.

    Stay away from Kaplan/Brightwood. It's garbage from my experience. It's more confusing and frustrating than it is helpful. 

    Good luck!!!

    Best piece of advice - don't give up! You can do this.

     

     

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    Jessica Deaver

    I would also make sure you buy, borrow or rent a recent copy of Architectural Graphic Standards. Many axo and section diagrams come up on the test that are from this source. I've found the majority of the ones I missed in sections of this book after I bought a copy. The plus side is that even though its expensive, it is the one book you will repeatedly reference as an Architect.

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    Joseph Petrarca

    I have used the third-party Architect Exam Prep three times now.  It's a very good basic coverage of the material.  I did two in 4.0 and one in 5.0.  They did a pretty good job of explaining the vignettes in 4.0 but they don't do a good job of explaining the Sase Studies in 5.0.  I spoke with them and they said that by September/October most of the divisions WILL have good coverage of the Case Studies.  You get a nice Study Guide (comprehensive book) with good diagrams and so forth.  You have to print it herself.  Not a big deal.  YOu get flashcards. Again, you have to print them on card stock and this really is a major PITA.  I won't go into it but suffice it to say it's not fun.  But...you end up with something like 300 flash cards, so..OK.  They also read the Study Guide onto audiobooks.  They give you the mp3 files and you use an audioplayer on your phone.  good for the commute.  It doesn't really add anything to the Study Guide but it's a good way to absorb the info into your earballs instead of your eyeballs.

    Also they give you access to an online exam simulator, which is pretty good for multiple choice but far easier than the exam.  Now, of course, in 5.0 you have the drag-n-drop hot-spots and so forth...fill in the number...and their online test doesn't have any of that.  Still, it's worthwhile.  I have found that while they are aligning with NCARB regarding content,the ARE throws in a LOT of stuff that is not found in the study content.  I guess I fault NCARB more than AEP for that.

    I would say overall that it's a good value at $99 per division...one time purchase.  but it's basic.  They cover all the content at "flash-card" level.  On the actual exam however, yo encounter more difficult, complex and nuanced material.  So it's not going to cover all the bases for you...but it will get you the basic knowledge across the content.

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    Kayla Harmon

    Thank you everyone for the feedback I really appreciate it!

    My company just purchased a firm license for the Amber book / lectures. I have not started yet but I am excited. I am a visual learner and I did check out a couple of the videos they posted on YouTube and it looks like it will be very helpful.

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